The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!
The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.
The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.
Mark Your Calendar Now!
2017 NYS Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting
November 10-12, 2017
The Buffalo Ornithological Society is hard at work planning the 2017 NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at the new Hilton Hotel right at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, November 10-12, 2017 (Veteran's Day weekend).
Why so late in the year? Because the birding is fabulous then! Waterfowl! Gulls! With possibilities for phalaropes, jaegers, and rare or lingering songbirds! You just never know!
Mark your calendar now and check back here for details in the months ahead.
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July 2017 Adirondack Travel Trip
Most of the details are in! I am excited to be offering a BOS Travel Trip this July to Adirondack State Park! We are hiring an ADK native, Joan Collins, to lead us on two of our three days in the park. Joan has an incredible ear and local knowledge of the birdlife. Target species include Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher and the rare and local, Bicknell's Thrush. This trip is limited to 20 participants. Please refer to the calendar for details.
Rarity Roundup Night
Thanks to all who came out to attend the BOS meeting last night! It was wonderful seeing so many folks there! The Rarity Roundup was a fun part of last night's program. Thanks to Alan B for sharing his discovery of the Western Tanager in such an animated way! And thank you, Alec, for those delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies and to all who brought treats to share!
For anyone who missed last evening's presentation, the PowerPoint can be viewed here:
Upcoming Field Trips and Events
Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar. Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!
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Jan 27, 2017
Field Trip - Screech Owl Prowl
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Leader: Tom Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Join Tom for a Friday evening owl prowl at the North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve. Meet at 6pm at the corner of Raymond Ave and Birch Street. Raymond is off Nash Road just south of the middle school. We will hike into the preserve in search of the local Screech Owls. Bring a flashlight. In the case of rain or heavy snow, this trip will be rescheduled so keep an eye on updates as schedule changes will be posted to the webpage.
Feb 08, 2017
Meeting - Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Land Management Update
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Wednesday, February 8th at 7PM: BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Madeline Prush, the Biological Science Technician for Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, will present a general refuge update on how the land is managed.
Photo courtesy of ALLWNYNEWS.com